CARENTAN-LES-MARAIS, France (NEWSnet/AP) — World War II veteran Harold Terens and his sweetheart Jeanne Swerlin tied the knot Saturday inland of the D-Day beaches in Normandy, France.

Their respective ages — he’s 100, she’s 96 made their nuptials an almost double-century celebration.

The location was the town hall of Carentan, a key D-Day objective that had ferocious fighting after Allied landing on June 6, 1944.

As the swing of Glenn Miller and other period tunes were played, well-wishers began to gather an hour prior to the wedding, behind barriers outside the town hall.

After each declaring “oui” to vows read by a deputy mayor, the couple waved to the crowd outside.

Terens called it “the best day of my life.”

The wedding was symbolic. Mayor Jean-Pierre Lhonneur's office said he isn’t empowered to wed foreigners who aren’t residents of Carentan. The couple, each a U.S. citizen, hadn’t requested legally binding vows. They may complete that formality in Florida, if they desire.

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